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  • SEL & Theatre Education Toolkit

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 11/12/2020 at 7:30 PM (EST)

    PA Arts and Humanities Consultant O. David Deitz shares the newly published social and emotional learning toolkit specific to theatre education.

    Join PA Arts and Humanities Consultant O. David Deitz as he shares strategies and ideas specific to teaching social and emotional learning in a theatre classroom.  Theatre education is a natural fit for social and emotional learning, however it must be intentional and planned.  The PA SEL & Theatre toolkit offers everything needed to bring intentional SEL instruction into the theatre classroom.

    O. David Deitz

    PA Fine Arts Education Consultant, PA Department of Education

    O David Deitz serves as a Fine Arts Education Consultant for the PA Department of Education. This position includes supervision/implementation of arts curriculum, assessment, and professional development initiatives. A retired music educator, Mr. Deitz taught for 40 years at the secondary and collegiate levels and recently served PDE as a member of the Educator Effectiveness team and co-writer of the assessment literacy training materials. He continues to be active as a guest conductor, choral music clinician/adjudicator, and teacher evaluation consultant. 

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  • Color Conscious Casting

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 10/15/2020 at 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Lindsay Kujawa from Re: Theatre explores color conscious casting in educational settings.

    Join Lindsay Kujawa, frequent EdTA presenter in an exploration of color conscious vs. color blind casting.  Lindsay bring a lively mix of helpful tools and insights into how to unlock theatre’s full potential in your community through purposeful casting.  

    Lindsay Kujawa

    Artistic Director, Re:Theatre

    Originally from Wisconsin, Lindsay Kujawa is bi-coastal a director and dramaturg, splitting her time between NYC and Seattle. In 2009, she founded Introspect Arts, a fine arts company comprised of individuals under 25 who created, produced, and performed original art to inspire community dialogue. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, she has pursued her passion of telling and creating stories that encourage empathy through her work onstage and in the classroom at organizations including 5th Avenue Theatre, Intiman Theatre, and Normal Ave. She is the current artistic director of Re:THEATRE and host of the podcast Flipping the Script.

    www.retheatreco.com

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  • Making the Case for Your Theatre Program—the EdTA Rapid Response Advocacy Center

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 10/08/2020 at 7:30 PM (EDT)

    In the COVID-19 era of education, school theatre programs are more important than ever. And they have never been more at risk, given the challenges of our time—the pandemic, social justice, economic hardship and more. This webinar will introduce attendees to EdTA’s new Rapid Response Advocacy Center and how to use its tools and resources to support theatre education supporters in their efforts to maintain access to the discipline for all students, whether at the federal, state, or district level.

    EdTA's Director of Educational Policy, Jim Palmarini, will introduce attendees to EdTA’s new Rapid Response Advocacy Center and discuss how to use the tools and resources to support theatre education for all students, whether at the federal, state, or district level. 

    Learning goals for the webinar:

    Participants will:

    • Gain a full awareness of the Advocacy Center’s tools and resources through a section-by-section review of the site.
    • Learn how to use each section’s contents through specific advocacy application scenarios at the federal, state and district levels.
    • Understand the value of sustained, actionable advocacy that includes both short- and long-term goals.

    Length: 60 minutes

    Jim Palmarini

    Director of Educational Policy, Educational Theatre Association

    James Palmarini is the Educational Theatre Association Director of Educational Policy. He was the founding editor of Teaching Theatre journal. James serves on the Arts Education Partnership Advisory Board; the Washington D.C.-based Arts Education  and ESSA Working Groups; National Federation of High Schools Speech, Debate, and Theatre Committee; the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) Leadership committee; the Innovation Collaborative Board; the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education Board; and manages EdTA’s Advocacy Leadership Network.  Most recently, he led a staff team that created the EdTA Recommendations for Reopening Theatre Programs guide. In 2005, he was awarded EdTA’s Founders Award, for significant contributions to the growth and development of theatre education, research and practice.

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  • Hosting a Virtual Event 101

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 10/06/2020 at 7:30 PM (EDT)

    In this introductory session, we will review key definitions, share what tools to use, and provide tips on how strategically design a virtual event for maximum engagement.

    In this session, the Educational Theatre Association's Events Director, Elizabeth Young, will introduce you to virtual event tools and techniques  and provide tips on how to strategically design and execute your own virtual conference, symposium or other similar event. Theatre Educator Pro- raising the bar on professional learning for theatre educators.

    Elizabeth Young

    EdTA Events Director

    Elizabeth Young, Events Director, Educational Theatre Association, is an accomplished marketing and event management professional with expertise in national event planning and meeting management for nonprofit and entertainment organizations at a variety of venues. For the last 15 years, she has helped organizations grow their signature events, diversify their event portfolios, and improve attendee engagement, whether the event is for 100 attendees or 100,000. 

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  • Race, Equity, and Inclusion in Musical Theatre Education

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 09/28/2020 at 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Learn more about ways to address diversity, equity and inclusion within your musical theatre program.

    Join Professor Rufus Bonds, Syracuse University, in a discussion of race, equity and inclusion in musical theatre education. 

    Rufus Bonds

    Assistant Professor, Musical Theatre, Syracuse University

    Rufus Bonds Jr is an Assistant Professor for musical theater performance in the Syracuse University Department of Drama. Professionally he continues his national and international work as a director, actor, and writer. Mr. Bonds performed in London the title role of Porgy in Porgy and Bess at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theater.  Carnegie Hall welcomed Mr. Bonds as the Baritone-Soloist for Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music. Broadway; Rent, Once On This Island, and Parade winning the Drama Desk Nomination for Best Supporting Actor. National tours include The Color Purple as Mister, Lion King as Mufasa, Miss Saigon as John.  Directing projects include Lysistrata, Shakespeare R&J, Once On This Island, Mama Mia, Tarzan, The Wiz, Into The Woods, The Wizard of Oz and Children of Eden. Mr. Bonds is a Eugene O’Neill Semi-finalist for his play The Sisters of Rosewall High.  “Faith”


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  • Directing Musical Theatre

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 08/20/2020

    Explore tips for directing musical theatre online or off.

    Theatre Educators Kristie Fuller and Brian Curl share tips for directing musical theatre online or off.

    Kristie Fuller

    Indian River High School Theatre Teacher

    Kristie is an award-winning Theatre teacher from Indian River High School. Several of her productions have received Awards of Excellence in Directing from the Theatre Association of New York State.  For over 20 years, Kristie has been the New York State Theatre Education Association (NYSTEA) Curriculum Chair working with Theatre standards revision, curriculum development, assessment and certification. She is currently the Chair of the Arts Content Advisory Panel and the Theatre Chair for the IAAP Committee at the NYS Education Department.  She has been part of ETA’s Model Curriculum Project and Theatre Teacher Evaluation Workbook committee.  Her Theatre program was recognized as the Educational Theatre Association’s Outstanding School in 2007.  In 2012 she was awarded the National Reba R. Robertson Award for Outstanding Theatre Teacher and was the 2017 NYSTEA Rod Marriott Lifetime Achievement Award.  She was thrilled to have been a part of the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2013 and looks forward to returning again in 2020. 

    Brian Curl

    Teaching Artist

    Brian Curl is a performer and teaching artist from New York City who has been a popular presenter at EdTA’s National Conference and the International Thespian Festival.  He has served as the director and choreographer for Thespian Musicalworks as well as an EdTA representative at many chapter events. 

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  • Creating Student Learning Experiences with Nearpod

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 08/19/2020

    Nearpod, an online student engagement platform, provides theatre educators with powerful opportunities for increasing student engagement and student accountability. Whether Nearpod lessons are delivered remotely or in-person, Nearpod is exceptional for the ease with which teachers can engage students in both synchronous and asynchronous learning activities, organize powerful lessons, embed targeted formative assessments, and automatically record student response data. Nearpod is an extraordinary tool for theatre teachers who are struggling for effective means of delivering comprehensive, quality online instruction to students.


    1. Learn how to access Nearpod and explore Nearpod’s functionality by taking a virtual tour of the nearpod website.
    2. Learn how to deliver Nearpod lessons to students, how to embed media in lessons, and how to access student response data.
    3. Explore Nearpod as a tool for creating quality theatre instruction by explorating how nearpod facilitates both synchronous and asynchronous learning in addition to exploring how Nearpod can be incorporated into other online learning platforms (e.g. Zoom, Seesaw.)
    4. Explore how Nearpod can be used to teach a variety of Drama topics across grade levels.

    60 minutes

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  • Master Class: Culturally Inclusive Teaching

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 08/18/2020

    Learn to reframe your understanding of culturally proficient learning activities and shift to culturally literate practices.

    Explore what it means to be a culturally responsive teacher and learn recommended practices and strategies. 

    Length:  60 minutes


    Tina Philibotte

    Educator, English & Performing Arts Department, Goffstown High School, NH

    Tina Philibotte is a graduate of Plymouth State University (PSU) where she earned her BA in English and later her Master’s in Education. Ms. Philibotte has been a member of the English & Performing Arts Department at Goffstown High School since 2008 where she founded one of the only concert dance programs in New Hampshire public schools. Since 2008, Ms. Philibotte has been the resident choreographer/co-director for GHS Performing Arts musical theatre having directed and choreographed well over 25 productions for GHS. Ms. Philibotte has taught Master Classes and choreographed for several New England schools including Wellesley College (MA), St. Andrew’s School (RI), Plymouth State University, New Hampton School, and the Holderness School. Ms. Philibotte is proud to be a founding member and the President of the New Hampshire Dance Alliance. She has also presented at numerous conferences and workshops including the National Dance Educator’s Organization 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Her work has been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine, WMUR’s NH Chronicle, and she is a regular contributor to the NH Department of Education curriculum committees. In addition, Ms. Philibotte is a two-time National Writing Project Fellow, a finalist in the NH Teacher of the Year Program, and recipient of the SAU 19 Dreamkeeper’s Award. She is a passionate advocate for developing a more culturally literate, inclusive, and diverse educational culture. She has presented at numerous conferences, including NEA NH annual conference, the Integrated Arts Conference (NH), and the New Teacher’s Retreat around developing cultural literacy in the classroom, facilitating important conversations, and anti-bias education. As a chair on her school’s Equity and Inclusion committee, Ms. Philibotte continues to lead her school and district to envision and enact a more equitable school culture. She has most recently been selected to serve on the Race & Equity in NH Advisory Group a project of the Endowment for Health.

     

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  • Let's Talk Culturally Inclusive Teaching

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 08/12/2020

    Join a panel of experts from New Hampshire as they share their insights on culturally inclusive teaching and diversity and equity through the lens of the work happening in their state, in response to the question: How can we as individuals and organizations contribute to a more inclusive and culturally competent learning environment?

    Learn about the components of culturally inclusive teaching by listening to this live panel discussion hosted by a team from New Hampshire, then continue the conversation with the Master Class in Culturally Inclusive Teaching, available August 18th.  

    OF NOTE:  During this panel discussion, one of the panelists mentions the use of blackface in Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor.  It is important to note that Mr. Ludwig rewrote his play in 2019 to remove this objectionable reference and pulled the rights to old versions.

    Length:  60 minutes


    Tina Philibotte (Moderator)

    Educator, English & Performing Arts Department, Goffstown High School, NH

    Tina Philibotte is a graduate of Plymouth State University (PSU) where she earned her BA in English and later her Master’s in Education. Ms. Philibotte has been a member of the English & Performing Arts Department at Goffstown High School since 2008 where she founded one of the only concert dance programs in New Hampshire public schools. Since 2008, Ms. Philibotte has been the resident choreographer/co-director for GHS Performing Arts musical theatre having directed and choreographed well over 25 productions for GHS. Ms. Philibotte has taught Master Classes and choreographed for several New England schools including Wellesley College (MA), St. Andrew’s School (RI), Plymouth State University, New Hampton School, and the Holderness School. Ms. Philibotte is proud to be a founding member and the President of the New Hampshire Dance Alliance. She has also presented at numerous conferences and workshops including the National Dance Educator’s Organization 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Her work has been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine, WMUR’s NH Chronicle, and she is a regular contributor to the NH Department of Education curriculum committees. In addition, Ms. Philibotte is a two-time National Writing Project Fellow, a finalist in the NH Teacher of the Year Program, and recipient of the SAU 19 Dreamkeeper’s Award. She is a passionate advocate for developing a more culturally literate, inclusive, and diverse educational culture. She has presented at numerous conferences, including NEA NH annual conference, the Integrated Arts Conference (NH), and the New Teacher’s Retreat around developing cultural literacy in the classroom, facilitating important conversations, and anti-bias education. As a chair on her school’s Equity and Inclusion committee, Ms. Philibotte continues to lead her school and district to envision and enact a more equitable school culture. She has most recently been selected to serve on the Race & Equity in NH Advisory Group a project of the Endowment for Health.

     

    Zahary Ahmad-Kahloon, MPH, CHES

    Production Manager, Seacoast Rep, Violence Prevention Consultant

    Zachary Ahmad-Kahloon, MPH, CHES®, (he/him/his) is the Production Manager at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre as well as a Violence Prevention Consultant. At The Rep Zak manages all aspects of the mainstage season working closely with the Artistic Directors to maintain budgets, hire the production teams and supervise running shows. Previous to his work at the Seacoast Rep Zak worked as a Prevention Specialist at the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) at the University of New Hampshire where he worked with college students to implement consent and healthy relationships based programming. Zak earned his Master's in Public Health in 2018 and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). He now consults with K-12 schools, colleges and organizations on social justice issues focusing on LGBTQ+ justice and violence prevention. He is passionate about how the arts can create social change and the stories we can tell.

     

    Matt Cahoon

    Director of Cultural Programming, Pinkerton Academy

    Matt Cahoon works at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH where he is the Director of Cultural Programming and leads the academy’s Theatre Program (both curricular and extracurricular).   His primary responsibility at Pinkerton is to oversee the visiting artist series at the Stockbridge Theatre.  In addition to his work at Pinkerton, Matt is one of the co-founders of theatre KAPOW, a Manchester-based ensemble theatre company, and, over the course of the past twelve years has directed over 30 productions for the company.  Matt has received multiple NH Theatre Awards for his work with tKAPOW including Best Director for a Drama/Comedy (Penelope, Exit the King, and The Penelopiad) and Best Scenic Design (Raining Aluminum).  Matt has also directed for a number of other companies including the Winnipesaukee Playhouse (four seasons including Miss Julie and Accidental Death of an Anarchist), Jean’s Playhouse (Kimberly Akimbo), and LaMaMa Umbria (Bea and Me).  In the fall of 2017, Matt co-directed The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald at LaMaMa Etc. in New York.  Matt has an MA in Arts Administration from Goucher College and his theatre training includes work with Double Edge Theatre Company, SITI Company, the New England Center for Circus Arts, and the Tectonic Theater Project.

     

    Marcia McCaffrey

    Marcia McCaffrey, Arts Consultant for the NH Department of Education, has over 20 years of leadership experience at the state education agency working with partners and key stakeholders to interpret and implement quality arts education for the state’s public education sector. Her responsibilities include the content areas of dance, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and physical education as well as grants coordinator for the federal Rural Low Income Schools program. She actively trains teachers and supports schools and districts in their ever-evolving efforts toward more and better arts education for all students. Marcia is proud to have been president of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) from 2013-2015. She has served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts; national and international conference presenter on the power of standards and assessment in teaching and learning; dance educator for public schools and higher education; and proprietor of a small dance business; and director of a seniors’ dance company.  

    MA, Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
    BS, Elementary Education, Iowa State University
    BS, Physical Education with a dance emphasis, Iowa State University  

    James T. McKim

    President, Manchester NAACP, Chair Episcopal Church's National Executive Council Committee on Anti-Racism

    James T. McKim is the President of the Manchester NAACP and Chair of the Episcopal Church’s National Executive Council Committee on Anti-Racism.

    He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Organizational Ignition, a management consulting firm, he is a sought-after consultant, facilitator, speaker, and advisor working with both private sector and public sector entities internationally in many industries to spark efficiency and growth through aligning people, process, and technology.  Prior to his current role, Mr. McKim was Chief of Staff of the Technical Training Division at Hewlett Packard Enterprise where he led the organization to deliver award-winning performance enhancement solutions. He has, also, held business and technology leadership roles in for-profit and non-profit organizations such as FIRST, Hawkeye Data, LLC, and Digital Equipment Corp. 

    Believing strongly in giving back to the community, Mr. McKim has facilitated startup and growth of statewide organizations such as the Economic Vitality New Hampshire and the Software Association of New Hampshire. He has played an active role in the shaping of public policy affecting the Technology industry. He serves, currently on several Boards playing leading roles as Vice-President of Membership at the Project Management Institute NH Chapter and Chair of the NH PBS Finance Committee.

     

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  • Master Class: Shakespeare x Hip Hop

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 08/06/2020

    The fascinating world of Hip Hop meets the Bard, and both are better for it!

    Learn how hip hop becomes a way in to Shakespeare and script writing in this Master Class with Devon Glover, the Sonnet Man. 

    60 minutes

    Devon Glover

    The Sonnet Man

    Devon Glover is a teacher, rapper, poet, playwright and actor from Brooklyn, New York. He performs Shakespeare's Sonnets through Hip-Hop as The Sonnet Man in schools and theaters worldwide. Devon has appeared on NBC, MSNBC, BBC, and Conferences and Shakespeare Festivals worldwide, including Stratford, Ontario, and Stratford-upon-Avon. He has taught with Stratford Shakespeare, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Southern Shakespeare. Devon has wrote adaptations of Shakespeare for various theatre companies. In the Spring 2019, Devon was commissioned by the University of Warwick and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to write a hip-hop adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” for high schools. For more information, visit www.SonnetMan.com

     

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